Viking cancels 2020 voyages, Opens 2021-23

VIKING Chief Executive Officer Torstein Hagen last month announced the decision to extend the cruise line’s global pause until the end of the year.

Affected guests can receive a fully transferrable 125% future cruise credit, with any voucher used to book a cancelled cruise reinstated with two-year validity.

It was not all doom and gloom for Viking, with Hagen also announcing optimism for cruising in 2021, with the year showing clear signs of improvement thus far.

However, Hagen noted it was “prudent to wait until the prevalence of the virus in the USA has been reduced and our guests feel more secure to travel.”

He also said Viking was well-positioned to weather the current industry conditions, adding, “we are a private, closely held company which means we do not have to rush the decision to return to service.”

However the line opened up 2021-2023 cruises for bookings, with voyages in Egypt, Europe and Southeast Asia all on sale.

“In time we’ll be travelling again..in the meantime we want to help your clients make the most of their precious time, by planning their future adventures the Viking way,” said Viking MD ANZ Michelle Black.

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